Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2016

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Amy Wilkins

Second Advisor

Isaac Reed

Third Advisor

Emmanuel David

Abstract

In this study, I attempt to lay the groundwork for nonbinary gender identity to have space in the growing field of trans studies by looking into how nonbinary identity is affected by intersectional paradigms. Specifically, I look into whiteness as a racial category and how that influences specific identity experiences. Drawing on interview data from both white people and people of color, I examine how whiteness and nonbinary gender identity interact in identity formation and how this affects the lived experiences of my respondents.

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